Philip Conneller

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In Philip Conneller’s eight years with, he has covered the gaming industry from Las Vegas to Macau and everything in between. He currently focuses his coverage on gaming law, white-collar crime, global money laundering, tribal gaming, politics, and regulation.

Philip was the original features editor for poker’s Bluff Magazine and editor for Bluff Europe, which he helped launch. His writing has also been featured in ESPN, Forbes, Time Out, The Sun, and The Daily Star, as well as iGaming Business, eGaming Review, and numerous other industry news and tech websites.

His news stories for have been linked by The Washington Post, The Daily Mail, People Magazine, and Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, among many others.

Philip once won $20,000 with 7-2 off-suit. He has been reprimanded for unwittingly playing Elton John’s piano on two separate occasions on both sides of the Atlantic.

He became a writer because he is a lousy pianist.

Philip lives outside London with his wife and children, where he spends his time agonizing about Arsenal FC.

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Jason Ader

Jason Ader: Gaming Investor Says UK on Verge of Catastrophic Mistake

A threatened regulatory crackdown on the UK online gaming market has made some investors take fright. With a $100 million-plus stake in gaming software giant Playtech through his investment management firm, SpringOwl Asset Management, independent sponsor Jason Ader has been watching the...

Philip Conneller March 5, 2020
Rush Street

Brockton Casino Hopeful Rush Street Was Second-Biggest Lobbying Spender in Massachusetts Last Year

Mass Gaming & Entertainment (MG&E), the Rush Street Gaming-backed outfit pushing for a controversial casino project in Brockton, Massachusetts, was the second-biggest corporate spender on lobbying in the state last year. According to financial disclosures published by the Secretary of State’s office...

Philip Conneller March 4, 2020
Deadwood sports betting

Deadwood Sports Betting: Question Goes to the South Dakota Voter in November Referendum

South Dakota sports betting will go to the ballot in November. That's when voters will decide whether to change the constitution to authorize legal sports books at the state’s tribal casinos and in its only commercial gambling town, Deadwood. Having narrowly passed...

Philip Conneller March 4, 2020
UK casinos

UK Post-Brexit Immigration Policy Will Hurt Casino Sector, Says Industry

Planned UK immigration laws will damage the casino sector and other parts of the UK economy. That’s the word from gambling industry trade association the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), which called on the government to exempt casino workers from a new,...

Philip Conneller March 3, 2020
Wildhorse coronavirus

Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Oregon Closed After Worker Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Oregon said Monday it would close temporarily “out of an abundance of caution” after one of its workers was declared presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus, Covid-19. It’s the third presumed case in the state. Health...

Philip Conneller March 3, 2020
Maverick Gaming

Maverick Gaming Prepared to Spend Millions to Thwart Washington State Tribal-Only Sports Betting Bill

Maverick Gaming has vowed to spend “$20 (million) to $30 million” to block a bill in Washington state that would authorize sports betting at tribal casinos only. The Nevada-based company has been scooping up card rooms in Washington like they’re going out...

Philip Conneller March 2, 2020
Leaning Tower of Dallas

Choctaw Casino & Resort Projects Guerrilla Ad onto ‘Leaning Tower of Dallas’

They say one man’s misfortune is another’s opportunity. Which is why an 11-story building in Dallas that’s currently afflicted with a 5-degree diagonal tilt was emblazoned with the logo of an Oklahoma casino this week. “The Leaning Tower of Dallas” has become...

Philip Conneller February 28, 2020
Cayuga Indian Nation

Calls for Federal Intervention after Cayuga Nation Destroys Daycare Center, Schoolhouse in Leadership Feud

A Cayuga Indian Nation leadership dispute escalated in a shocking fashion last weekend when the New York tribe’s leader destroyed around a dozen buildings controlled by his casino-opposing political adversaries. With local police saying they are powerless to intervene in tribal affairs,...

Philip Conneller February 27, 2020
California lottery

California Lottery Bilked Schools Out of $36 Million in 2018, Says State Auditor

The California Lottery (CSL) shortchanged schools by $36 million in the 2018 fiscal year. That’s according to State Auditor Elaine Howle, who recommended Tuesday in a damning letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom and the legislature that the agency should be made to...

Philip Conneller February 25, 2020
Atlantic City government

New Jersey Has No Powers to Reject Casino-Backed Referendum to Remodel Atlantic City Government

The state of New Jersey would not have the powers to ignore Atlantic City voters should they approve a casino-backed initiative to radically remodel city government at a public referendum next month. Previously, officials at the state’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA)...

Philip Conneller February 25, 2020